Monday, October 17, 2011

Sweet Potato Puree with Browned-Butter Maple Syrup

Sweet Potato Puree with Browned-Butter Maple Syrup

Serves 8.

The natural sweetness in sweet potatoes makes this dish taste less-healthy than it actually is.  For a more orange-y color, use yams.
Source: Martha Stewart magazine, also shown here

4 pounds sweet potatoes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, if desired

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prick sweet potatoes a few times with a fork. Bake on a foil-lined baking sheet until tender, 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Scoop out flesh from sweet potatoes, and puree in a food processor with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt until smooth (you may need to do this in 2 batches). Season with pepper.

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add butter; cook, swirling, until deep brown with a nutty aroma. Remove from heat; swirl in syrup. Reheat puree; transfer to a bowl. Pour butter over top; sprinkle with pecans.

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